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December 2016 Newsletter

In this edition:

Holiday Social (Members Only) - December 12
Biological Invasions with Dr. Daniel Simberloff - January 9
Plant Natives 2017! - Designing with Nature Symposium - March 18

Public Programs
Members-Only Programs
Certificate in Native Plants Classes






Wild Ones Holiday Social
for all members of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones

Monday, December 12, 2016 
6:00 pm
green|spaces, 63 E. Main St., Chattanooga
Wild Ones members and family ONLY

Bring an appetizer 
and enjoy a relaxed time with other Wild Ones members.
We'll provide the wine, beer and beverages.

Instead of presents,
please bring some canned food
to donate to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank

Please RSVP, so we know how many people to expect...

Invasive Plants
with Daniel Simberloff

Monday, January 9, 2017
6:00 pm
green|spaces, 63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN
FREE and open to the public

Pioneering invasion biologist Daniel Simberloff will discuss current issues related to regional invasive species.  Invasion biology studies the patterns displayed by species introduced outside their geographic ranges, the impacts such species have on the communities they invade, and the means by which such invasions can be managed.  Dr. Simberloff will highlight notable local invaders and the ecological impacts they pose, cover current efforts to stem their spread, and describe ways for the public to join this fight.

Dr. Simberloff is a a distinguished professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee.  He directs the University of Tennessee's Institute for Biological Invasions.  He is the co-editor of Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions.

Designing for Nature

Saturday, March 18, 2017
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Keynote speaker will be Claudia West, 
author of Planting in a Post-Wild World

Details and registration info will be coming soon!
Save the date!


Wild Ones, Tennessee Valley Chapter
2017 Public Programs

Mark these dates on your calendar!
Details coming soon.

January 9
Invasive Plants
Speaker: Dan Simberloff

February 13
Movie Night
Film to be announced

March 18
Plant Natives 2017! Symposium
Designing for Nature

April 10
Myths & Realities of Native Plants
Speaker: Wilf Nicholls

May 8
Riparian Plants
Speaker: Bill Phillips

June 12
Prairie Restoration
Panel Discussion

July 10
This Plant, Not That
Speaker: Lisa Huff

August 14
To be announced

September 11
Sunflowers & Relatives
Speaker: Ed Schilling

October 9
To be announced

All of the programs above are open to the public.
With the exception of the symposium on March 18, 
all programs are FREE and will be held at 6:00pm at
green|spaces, 63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN


Wild Ones, Tennessee Valley Chapter
2017 MEMBERS-ONLY Events

All of these programs are open to Wild Ones members only.
Click HERE to join Wild Ones!

April 2
Laurel-Snow State Natural Area
Guided hike

April 29 - May 1
Cane Creek Canyon Natural Preserve
Weekend trip with Leon Bates

May 6
Landscapes in Progress
Visit local Wild Ones members' gardens

June dates TBA
Pickett State Park Hike
Native azalea & rare plants 

July 22
Landscapes in Progress
Visit local Wild Ones members' gardens

September 10
Middle Ocoee River Raft Trip
See rare Ruth's Golden Aster
with Lisa Lemza

September 30
Landscapes in Progress
Visit local Wild Ones members' gardens

November 4
Annual Member Meeting


2017 Schedule

January 14
Native Plant Propagation - Seeds 
Elective class with John Evans

February 11
Native Plant Propagation - Woody and Clonal 
Elective class with John Evans

March 11
Elective class with Joey Shaw

April 8
Rain Gardens 
Elective class with Wyn Miller

May 13
Native Edible & Medicinal Plants 
Elective class with Holli Richey

June 10
Summer Wildflowers 
Elective class - Instructor TBA

July 15
Bird and Butterfly Gardens
Elective class with Christine Bock Hunt

September 16
Plant Communities 
Core class with Jonathan Evans, PhD 
This class will be held in Sewanee, TN

September 9 & October 14
Plant Form & Function I & II
Core classes with Mary Priestley and Richard Clements

November 11
Landscape & Design 
Elective class with Daniel Talley

The CNP is a partnership with Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 
the Tennessee Native Plant Society and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones.


2017 Officers and Committee Chairs

At the Annual Meeting in November, the Tennessee Valley Chapter elected officers for the coming year.  Officers and Committee Chairs for 2017 are as follows:

Lisa Lemza, President
Daniel Talley, Vice-President & President Elect
Lyn Rutherford, Secretary
Bill Moll, Treasurer
Richard Clements, Member-at-Large
Lena Hall, Member-at-Large
Kristina Shaneyfelt, Member-at-Large
Marti Owensby, Immediate Past President

John Evans,  Program Committee Chair
Beverly Inman-Ebel & Sally Wencel, Certificate in Native Plants Committee Co-Chairs
Connie Giles, Symposium Committee Chair
Ann Brown & Lucy Scanlon, Public Information Committee Co-Chairs
Nora Bernhardt & Marcia Stevens, Membership Committee Co-Chairs

Wild Ones Board Member Receives Honor

Dr. Richard Clements, Wild Ones Board Member and Certificate in Native Plants Instructor, was recently named  as Tennessee Science Educator of the Year for Higher Education by  the Tennessee Science Teachers Association.  Dr. Clements is a Professor at Chattanooga State Community College and is the lead instructor for Environmental Science courses.  He holds a B.S. in Biology from Tennessee Technological University, a M.S. in Plant Taxonomy from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology from the University of Kentucky.

Congratulations, Richard!


Guided Educational Tour
December 10 at Reflection Riding

Local historian and naturalist, Michael Green will lead a Guided Educational Riding Tour featuring a guided narrative on the history, plants and wildlife found at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.  The property supports 6 unique ecosystems and has a rich history.  Click HERE for more info.


Wild Fruit: The Pawpaw
"Pawpaw is a large native shrub (or small tree) in the custard-apple family (Annonaceae), a North American member of a largely tropical family. Despite its tropical heritage, pawpaw's native range is large, extending all the way up to New York and west to Texas. It is a plant whose habitat is largely one of rich bottomlands - the moist, low areas adjacent to rivers and streams.  The flowers are small, maroon bells that bloom just before the long, droopy leaves appear."  Read more.

Fall Maintenance.  
Should we rake, cut and clean up?
"Like us, critters love the leaves; in fact many depend on the leaves in our gardens.  A wide variety of inhabitants make leaves their home for the winter, the thick layers of leaves provide shelter from the snow and storms, a cozy place for insects, spiders, salamanders and butterflies such as the  Mourning Cloak to hibernate in winter.  For microorganisms and invertebrates leaves are food that they consume and in turn break the leaves down to add to the organic matter in our soil.  Toads and salamanders make nests in the piles of leaves left in our gardens."  Read more. 

Bountiful Blue Wood Aster.
Blue Wood or Heart-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) began its seasonal bloom in late September, and amazingly, at the end of November it's still possible to find some blossoms. Like all Aster (Asteraceae) family members, each flower 'head' of Blue Wood Aster consists of many tiny flowers that bloom gradually over a period of several weeks, offering nectar and pollen to a variety of flower visitors.   Read more of the blog with excellent photos by Many Anne Borge.


Smoke from Tennessee and north Georgia forest fires almost obscures outline of Sand Mountain in Alabama.
(Photo by Mike O'Brien)

Sweet Gum Tree fall leaves
(Photo by Mike O'Brien)

Purple Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia purpurea
(Photo by Mike O'Brien)

White Oak Tree fall leaves
(Photo by Mike O'Brien)

Native Persimmon Tree fruits
(Photo by Mike O'Brien)

Sassafrass Tree fall leaves
(Photo by Mike O'Brien)


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Wild Ones: Native Plants. Natural Landscapes is a national non-profit organization with over 50 chapters in 13 states that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Please read more information about Wild Ones at
The Tennessee Valley Chapter presents guest speakers, field trips and other special events throughout the year, as well as an annual native plant and natural landscaping symposium in early spring. 
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